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The Leverhulme Trust: Research Leadership Awards

Leverhulme-TrustThe Leverhulme Trust is supporting talented researchers who have successfully launched a university career but who need to build a research team to address a distinct research problem. Between £800,000 and £1million over four to five years for staff salaries and associated research costs.This creates an opportunity for the development and demonstration of research leadership; that is, for the direction of a modest team or group, whose research may significantly change the established landscape in a particular field of inquiry. Each institution is limited to one bid only.

Once a university has selected their chosen candidate, they should provide the Trust with the applicant’s name, departmental affiliation and email address. Access will then be granted to the Trust’s online Grant Application System.

For the University to decide which applicant is going to be supported  and expression of interest form must be completed  that includes a 500 word abstract of your project by the 4th of April. The abstracts should state:

  • What the research is?
  • What would the impact/benefit of the research be?
  • The duration and value of the project?

The abstracts will then be assessed by Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research Professor John Fletcher, the Deputy Deans for Research and Professional Practise and by members of the Professoriate from across the faculties the week starting the 4th of April.

Please contact Jason Edwards for the Expression of Interest form (jedwards1@bournemouth.ac.uk).

 

If you have any queries please contact Jason Edwards on x68264 or jedwards1@bournemouth.ac.uk.

The Leverhulme Trust – Project Grant Advice

Leverhulme-TrustThe Leverhulme Trust has released guidance to help support applicants in their project grant applications. The guidance pinpoints several areas that applicants often get wrong when submitting their proposals to The Leverhulme Trust. These are as follows:

  • Applicants should only use their institutional email address, personal addresses are not allowable.
  • Principal and co-applicants cannot claim for direct salary costs for themselves nor be a consultant, research assistant, local researcher or PhD student. (In other words, you can only claim for teaching replacement and the employment of Research Assistants).
  • There must be at least one research assistant, local researcher or PhD student working for at least 50% in each year of the grant.
  • Percentages must be based on the time spent on the project as a whole, not yearly. For example a research assistant working on a project for 100% would need to have 100% salary costs in every year, not just one.
  • Replacement teaching must not exceed 33% on any grant, this equals a third of the time of any project, e.g. 1 year on a 3 year grant.
  • Consultants must be named and be crucial to the project, they cannot claim a salary only a reasonable fee.
  • If you are requesting administration/secretarial/technician/technical assistance then this must be listed under associated costs.
  • We do not provide funding for setting up a conference, only to attend ones relevant to the research being undertaken.
  • Associated costs such as travel, subsistence and accommodation can only be provided for those listed on the application (e.g. principal applicant, co-applicant/s, research assistants, local researchers, PhD students and consultants).

Please also note that Outline applications have no deadlines.

Please contact your Funding Development Officer if you intend to submit an application to The Leverhulme Trust. You can find your Funding Development Officer here.

 

Funding Opportunities

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, GB

Silicon Photonics for Future Systems programme innovation fund

The EPSRC‐funded Programme Grant “Silicon Photonics for Future Systems (SPFS)” includes an innovation fund to enable the inclusion of additional partners to bring additional value to the programme.

Initial engagement will be via short research projects that support the aims of the programme. Therefore, proposals from UK‐based academic researchers are invited for projects valued up to £100k to support the research areas of the Programme Grant.

Closing Date: 26 August 2015 at 5pm

 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, GB and other funders

Synthetic biology applications for protective materials

The EPSRC Engineering theme, in partnership with Dstl and the BBSRC, are inviting proposals that explore research in the area of Synthetic Biology applications for Protective Materials. Funds of up to £2.5 million are available. We expect to support between four and five research projects, up to three years in duration, subject to the quality of the proposals received. Under this partnership, funding is available to support cutting-edge, novel academic research on new applications for Synthetic Biology with regard to protective materials. Proposals will be assessed through external peer review followed by a panel meeting.

Applicants must complete the Intent to Submit survey on this page by 28 August 2015; applicants who do not do this will be ineligible for the call.

The closing time and date for full proposals is 16:00 on 01 October 2015.

By submitting a full application to this call you give Dstl, EPSRC and BBSRC the right to show it to other Government departments in confidence.

 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, GB and other funders

High Value Manufacturing Catapult fellowships

High Value Manufacturing Catapult fellowships aim to strengthen relations between academics and manufacturers, and accelerate the transition of research from the laboratory to industry.

Funded by EPSRC and coordinated by the University of Sheffield AMRC, the fellowship programme aims to increase academic involvement in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. Academic fellows will carry out research at one or more of the seven centres that form the HVM Catapult, a national network backed by Innovate UK.

The fellowships will enable academic staff to spend six-month research visits, spread over one to four years, in one or more of the HVM Catapult centres. The projects must be aligned to work previously funded by EPSRC.

EPSRC and Innovate UK are now inviting proposals for the third round of fellowships. For more information and to apply, please visit the High Value Manufacturing Catapult fellowships website, or email: catapultfellowships@sheffield.ac.uk

Closing Date: 28th August 2015

 

 

Arts and Humanities Research Council, GB and other funders

Cultural heritage and rapid urbanisation in India

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) are pleased to announce a joint call for Research Networking projects addressing the theme of ‘Cultural Heritage and Rapid Urbanisation in India’. Funding of between £30,000-£45,000 per project for UK applicants is available on a full economic cost (fEC) basis with AHRC meeting 80% of the fEC.  Matched resources are available from ICHR for Indian applicants. Awards should have a duration of up to 6 months and will be expected to start between 1st December 2015 and 1st February 2016. It is expected that 4-5 awards will be made under this call.

Awards will be funded through the Newton Fund – a 5 year programme that aims to strengthen research and innovation partnerships between the UK and emerging knowledge economies.​

Closing Date: 22 September 2015 at 4pm

Innovate UK, GB and other funders

Connected and autonomous vehicles

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is to invest up to £20 million* in collaborative R&D projects and feasibility studies (delivered by Innovate UK on behalf of BIS) to stimulate developments in autonomous vehicles and connected transport systems.

Building on the government’s ‘Introducing driverless cars to UK roads’ collaborative research initiative, this competition aims to encourage development of connected and autonomous vehicles, focusing on three themes – connectivity, autonomy and customer interaction – along with catalysing new business models. Proposals must be led by a business and be collaborative. We are primarily seeking to fund collaborative research and development (industrial research). Small business partners could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium-sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%.
We welcome consortia led by any sized company and particularly encourage proposals from medium-sized companies. Research organisations may participate as collaborators in a consortium but business partners must incur at least 70% of the total eligible project costs. We expect collaborative R&D projects to range in size from total costs of £1 million to £5 million. We encourage overseas-based partners to participate in consortia by conducting their R&D in the UK. Up to £2.5 million of the total funding will be available for smaller-scale feasibility studies. These are open to companies working alone or collaboratively. Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium-sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%. We expect feasibility studies to range in size from £50,000 to £250,000.
The deadline for applications is at noon on 30 September 2015.
There will be a briefing in London for potential applicants on 4 August 2015.

Leverhulme Trust, GB

Research fellowships

Offering up to £50,000 over three to twenty-four months for experienced researchers to conduct a programme of research in any discipline. Research Fellowships are open to experienced researchers, particularly those who are or have been prevented by routine duties from completing a programme of original research. Awards are not limited to those holding appointments in higher education.

The maximum value of a Fellowship is £50,000. The awards provide research expenses over and above normal living costs and/or provide a contribution towards reasonable replacement costs or loss of earnings. Please ensure that applications do not include any ineligible costs.

Fellowships are tenable for between 3 and 24 months, and the current round of awards must commence between 1 June 2016 and 1 May 2017.

Closing Date: 12 November 2015

 

Leverhulme Trust, GB

International academic fellowships

Enabling established researchers based at a UK higher education institution to spend a period of time in overseas research centres, to develop new knowledge, skills and ideas. Up to £40,000 is available for a period of three to twelve months. 

International Academic Fellowships provide established researchers with a concentrated period based in one or more research centres outside the UK. The intention of the scheme is to provide opportunities to develop new knowledge, skills and ideas, and may for example be used for the following:

  • observing and learning ground-breaking techniques or practices
  • developing new lines of research through overseas collaboration
  • making “discipline-hopping excursions” into new areas of research
  • developing innovations in teaching
  • exchanging ideas

If you wish to dedicate a period abroad entirely to a research project you should apply to the Trust’s Research Fellowships scheme.

The maximum value of a Fellowship is £40,000. Eligible costs include: reasonable replacement cover whilst the Fellow is overseas; travel to and within the overseas country or countries; a maintenance grant to meet the increased expense of living overseas; and essential research costs.

Please ensure that applications do not include any ineligible costs.

Fellowships are tenable for between 3 and 12 months, and the current round of awards must commence between 1 June 2016 and 1 May 2017.

Closing Date: 12th of November 2015.

 

 

Medical Research Council, GB and other funders

Methodology for eliciting expert opinion

MRC and NIHR invite applications (through the Methodology Research Programme) to conduct research into methodology for expert opinion elicitation. A vignette (PDF, 206KB)commissioned by the Methodology Advisory Group provides more background information. Applications are particularly sought on the following:

  • A short project to compare the available expert elicitation protocols and software and to identify strengths and weaknesses with the aim of identification of the most important aspects of “good” expert elicitation. This could lead into a longer-term project to propose and validate an optimally efficient protocol and software.
  • Investigation of whether the mode of expert opinion elicitation affects results. It would be valuable to validate individual elicitation methods/protocols, and to conduct head to head comparisons of different elicitation methods/protocols. Are different/more reliable answers achieved with an elaborate, structured method versus a streamlined one?  E.g. comparison of face-to-face vs online methods.
  • Methodology to identify and understand the range of opinions that are being obtained from an elicitation exercise, particularly where they may be conflicting.
  • Methods for synthesis of elicited expert opinion with other strands of evidence, to inform e.g. HTA or diagnostic decision making.

Applications for projects are invited through the normal MRC funding grant schemes (research grant, new investigator research grant etc.) and will be considered at the regular Methodology Research Programme Panel meetings, to this competition’s usual deadlines. These will be in competition with other applications received, but the Panel will be mindful of the strategic importance of this area.

Closing date: 19 Nov 15

 

Leverhulme Trust, GB

Emeritus fellowships

Providing research expenses of up to £22,000 over up to two years to enable senior researchers who have retired from an academic post to complete a research project and prepare the results for publication. The 2016 round opens on 1 September 2015. The maximum value of a Fellowship is £22,000.

  • Travel and subsistence costs for periods away from home
  • The employment of a research, clerical or secretarial assistant to support (rather than conduct) the work of the applicant
  • Photocopies
  • Photographic expenses
  • Office or laboratory consumables.

There is no provision for a personal maintenance allowance or remuneration for the applicant under this scheme. Please ensure that applications do not include any ineligible costs.

Closing Date: 4th February 2016

 

 

Funding Opportunities

money bucketMedical Research Council, GB

Radiation oncology and biology

While the MRC already supports some research in this area, we wish to encourage a wider range of applications relevant to medical research. Research proposals may cover the spectrum of research from studies that explore important cellular and molecular mechanisms, through to more translational medical research that would underpin the development of new health interventions.

The MRC would particularly welcome applications on the following topics:

  • Improving the therapeutic effects of radiation in the treatment of cancer, including but not limited to combining radiation with drugs and biological agents, interactions with the tumour microenvironment, scheduling, and biomarkers of response.
  • Studies of approaches to improve long term health and minimise morbidity after radiation exposure, including radiotherapy treatment.
  • Understanding the fundamental processes associated with radiation injury from initial damage to pathogenesis, at the molecular, cellular, tissue and organ levels.
  • Research into the pathways involved in radiation carcinogenesis including, but not limited to, DNA damage signalling and repair, individual susceptibility and gene-environment interactions.
  • Development of novel biological approaches from radioprotection to treatment of radiation toxicity.

Applications are considered in competition with other applications received, but the Board/Panel will take into account the need for enhanced investment in this area.

Applications should be submitted to the relevant research board or panel in accordance with our standard deadlines. Applications that extend beyond a core health focus can be funded in partnership with BBSRC and EPSRC.

Cross-Council applications will be assigned a lead Council, which will draw on expertise from across Councils to take a single funding decision.

 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, GB

Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation feasibility studies

Up to £20,000 available for feasibility study projects to further broaden the knowledge base in intelligent automation within the manufacturing industry.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, under the Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation, invites proposals for feasibility studies. Funding enables academic staff to undertake feasibility studies to broaden the knowledge base in intelligent automation.

Studies should aim to identify and develop ideas and approaches from other disciplines that can be applied to novel intelligent automation systems. A particular focus is on developing research areas that have not been applied widely within the manufacturing domain before. Possible areas may include the following: psychology; service robotics; computer science and artificial intelligence; soft robotics; 3D machine vision.

Funding available The maximum funding available for each feasibility study is £20,000. Grants will normally be of a maximum of six months duration. The studies are being funded at 80% fEC i.e. if your bid is successful you will gain a maximum of £20,000. Equipment The funding is intended to cover the costs of the PI and support staff in the completion of the feasibility study. Estates/indirects, consumables or equipment costs are not included in the grant. Any additional support you may need could be through matched funding. Eligibility All academic staff at UK Universities and associated Research Institutions who are able to hold a UK Research Council grant as Principle Investigator are eligible to apply.

Closing Date: 28th July 2015

 

Innovate UK, GB

Virtual and augmented reality contest

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are exciting technologies at an early stage of development. We are looking to provide support to businesses that want to apply these technologies in new and untested areas. Innovate UK is offering up to six businesses a maximum of £35,000 each to encourage innovation around VR/AR across the themes of music, retail, healthcare, education, construction and tactile technology.
The recent re-emergence of VR and AR has caused enormous excitement across a wide range of sectors.  The application of such technologies – not just for entertainment or information-sharing, but also in more technical and industrial contexts – offers users entirely new ways of perceiving and interacting with the digital world.  Through our IC tomorrow programme, we are looking for proposals from companies with innovative digital ideas relevant to developing these immersive technologies.  The companies will not only benefit from funding, but also the opportunity to collaborate with commercial partners  to accelerate development of their technologies. We want to see solutions with potential appeal to a wide commercial market. Successful applicants will be expected to trial their proposed solutions with their industry partners for at least three months.
  • trial your technology with major industry players while keeping your intellectual property
  • secure up to £35,000 to develop your solution
  • receive promotion, support and advice to speed up the commercialisation of your solution.

Closing Date: 18th August 2015

 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, GB

Healthcare technologies grand challenges – NetworksPlus

The Healthcare Technologies Theme has recently announced a new long term strategy. To support this challenge-led approachEPSRC invites applications for NetworkPlus proposals that seek to establish new research communities around one of the Healthcare Technologies Grand Challenges.

The aims of the NetworkPlus awards are to:

  • Bring together experts from across all relevant research areas, with particular focus on those in engineering and physical sciences.
  • Bring focus to the relevant challenge area and identify new research strategies and opportunities for addressing the challenge.
  • Engage with interested users of research, including business, clinicians, patient groups and policy makers, to shape future research directions.
  • Identify and address the barriers to achieving the challenge.
  • Initiate preliminary or feasibility research to tackle the challenge.
  • To be collaborative rather than competitive in nature and work together where appropriate (e.g. joint events).

Networks are intended to be UK-wide and must have representation from several disciplines and institutions. It is essential that user engagement is considered in the wider network membership. Each proposal must explain the fit to the chosen challenge area and demonstrate evidence of how they will connect with on-going excellent research in the UK to grow and develop the network.

Peer review for this call will consist of a multi-stage process. Applicants should submit an Intention to Submit by 08 September 2015; those who have not submitted an intention to submit will be ineligible for this call. The closing time and date for full proposals is16:00 on 06 October 2015.

 

Economic and Social Research Council, GB

UK in a changing Europe senior fellowships

We are inviting proposals from senior UK based academics for Fellowships as part of the Council’s initiative on the UK in a Changing Europe. The aim of the Fellowship programme is to provide evidence and analysis across the broad range of issues and policy areas affected by the UK’s position in a changing European Union (EU).

The initiative will focus on the implications of changes in governance, policies and social and political attitudes within both the EU and the UK and the implications of these for the UK-EU relationship. Within that broad remit, it is planned to focus mainly, though not exclusively, on the following broad areas:

  • Foreign and security policy
  • Banking and financial services
  • Social policies
  • The impact of EU law

We anticipate supporting up to six fellows, dependent on quality of the proposals. The maximum amount available for each Fellowship is £200,000 at 100 per cent full economic cost (fEC) of which ESRC will pay up to 80 per cent and the host institutions is expected to support the remaining 20 per cent. Projects are expected to last for a maximum of 12 months in the first instance with the possibility of extension, subject to negotiation with individual fellows. Over the course of the grant the fellows on average will be expected to contribute at least 40 per cent of their time. Fellowships will be expected to start from January 2016. The closing date for proposals is 16.00 on 10 September 2015. Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview in London during the week commencing 2 November 2015 (date to be confirmed), applicants must therefore be available for interview this particular week.

Appointed Senior Fellows will be required to work closely with the initiative Director Professor Anand Menon, Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College London. Potential applicants are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the Executive summaries from the scoping reports.

 

Innovate UK, GB and other funders

Malaysia-UK research and innovation bridges competition

Innovate UK, Research Councils UK (RCUK) and the Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) are to invest up to £14.4 million in collaborative research and development projects to stimulate innovation in response to Malaysia’s urbanisation challenges.
This competition focuses on finding new commercial solutions to challenges that Malaysia is facing as climate change increasingly impacts upon its cities and its urbanisation trajectory, with the solutions expected to emerge through the translation of existing, excellent research.
The aim of the competition is to bring together companies (small-to-medium-sized companies and/or larger businesses), research and technology organisations, academics, public sector bodies and charities from Malaysia and the UK for the joint industrial research to develop innovative products, processes or services that meet critical challenges existing within the following five sectors:
  • health and well-being
  • improving environmental resilience and energy security
  • future cities
  • agritech (used to solve explicit urban food and nutrition issues)
  • digital, innovation and creativity
This investment from the UK side has been made possible through the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills-managed Newton Fund: www.newtonfund.ac.uk.  The goal of this competition is to find innovative solutions, through a collaborative consortium-driven approach. The principal market a project must consider is Malaysia. Projects must be collaborative, involving both UK and Malaysian participants. There must be a minimum of one UK business, one UK research organisation, one Malaysian business and one Malaysian research organisation in each project.
On the UK side, projects can be business-led or research organisation-led, and should preferably involve other non-business partners. The lead partner should be able to demonstrate a clear route to commercialisation of the proposed product/s or service/s, and should have a primary focus on the translation of research and/or knowledge. Given the heavy focus on translation of research, research organisations’ participation can be up to 50% of total project costs. Small or micro businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium-sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%.
For each project we expect the total UK and total Malaysian participant project costs to be £1m-£1.75m on each side, although we would consider projects outside of this range. Projects should last 24-34 months.
The competition involves a two-stage application process.  This competition opens on 30 June 2015.
Applicants must register by noon UK time 30 September 2015. The deadline for expressions of interest is at noon UK time on 7 October 2015.

Innovation projects

The specific aim of the Innovation Projects Open Call is to increase and accelerate the uptake and impact of NERC funded research outputs by supporting translational and knowledge exchange activity which delivers direct tangible and demonstrable benefits to end users, particularly businesses. Funds will be used to support projects which focus upon generating user applicable outputs from past and/or current NERC supported research and which translates them into outcomes that achieve impact. Since the strength of the relationship between end-users and researchers is often what underpins the likelihood of success of any translational and knowledge exchange activity, it is essential that end-users are involved in both the development and delivery of proposals.

The Innovation Projects Open call will not fund commercialisation work (please see the Follow on Fund) or research (please see other NERC funding).

Applications should fall within the NERC science remit and the science the work builds on must have been funded by NERC.

The Innovation Projects call is open to applicants based in:

  • UK higher education institutions (HEIs)
  • NERC research centres
  • independent research organisations (IROs) approved by NERC.

Deadline information Applications are invited between 14 July and 5pm, 22 October 2015.

 

Department of Health including NIHR, GB and other funders

Efficacy and mechanism evaluation programme – researcher-led workstream

The remit of the EME Programme includes clinical trials and evaluative studies of novel and repurposed interventions.  The term intervention is meant in the broadest sense and includes any method used to promote health, prevent and treat disease and improve rehabilitation or long-term care.

We support studies in patients which seek to:

  • evaluate clinical efficacy of interventions (where proof of concept in humans has already been achieved);
  • add significantly to our understanding of biological or behavioural mechanisms and processes;
  • explore new scientific or clinical principles;
  • include the development or testing of new methodologies.

The EME Programme WILL support:

  • research which seeks to determine definitive proof of clinical efficacy and size of effect, safety and possibly effectiveness;
  • studies that use validated surrogate markers as indicators of health outcome;
  • laboratory based, or similar, studies that are embedded within the main study, if relevant to the remit of the EME Programme;
  • pilot and feasibility studies where the later main study would be within the remit of the EME programme.

The EME Programme WILL NOT support:

  • confirmatory studies or trials of incremental modifications and refinements to existing medical interventions;
  • proof of concept, proof of mechanism in humans, nor ‘confidence in effect’ studies;
  • research into ‘global health’, where ‘global health’ can be defined as ‘areas where the health need is identified in developing countries (i.e. including diseases of developing countries), or where the health need does not yet exist in the UK but might in the future and the problem can be best addressed in developing countries;
  • research involving animals (funding is focused on clinical and applied health and care research. The EME Programme therefore does not itself fund basic research or work involving animals and/or animal tissue. See the NIHR research page for more information).

Closing Date: 10th November 2015.

 

Benefits of using a Research Assistant

 

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Employing a Research Assistant on a project instead of costing your own academic time is cost effective and can bring many benefits. From a funder’s perspective, Research Assistants are generally encouraged because they offer good value for money compared against academic staff salaries. Research Assistant salaries are generally 53% cheaper than the average academic staff salaries.  A grade 4 research assistant costs £20198 per year where the lowest grade lecturer costs £32277.

They can help with a broad range of research related activities and can offer wider knowledge and fresh ideas. The use of Research Assistants offers the opportunity to others to forward their academic careers and gain vital research experience.

Funding Opportunities

This weeks funding opportunities: 

 

Natural Environment Research Council, GB

NERC/Welsh Government high level policy placement

NERC’s Policy Placement Fellowship Scheme allows researchers and other staff involved in environmental science research to work closely with policymakers within government and other public and third sector organisations in the UK. The scheme also allows placements of government and third sector policymakers to work within NERC head office and research centres.

NERC has launched three opportunities for policy placements with:

  • Welsh Government
  • Scottish Government
  • Go-Science

Please note this scheme is not open to research students. NERC has a separate policy internship for students.

Fellowship policy placements are organised by NERC in collaboration with a policy-making body, for example a government department, devolved administration or agency. The applicant applies for the position, which will be for a fixed term and on a specified topic. The placement is jointly funded by NERC and the partner organisation on a 50:50 basis, with the exception of NGOs, who are asked to provide 25% of the funding. Successful applicants will be awarded a NERC grant. During the placement, the fellow will remain employed by her/his institution. Applicants must be from a NERC research centre or a HEI in receipt of NERC-funded research. The fellowship can be taken up by post-doctoral researchers at any stage of their career or policy makers with at least two year-experience. Requirement for each fellowship may vary and this will be specified in the announcement of opportunity.

Sabbatical arrangements available to the applicant will not count towards the fellowship period, but could add value to it, before or after.

Closing Date: 08/July/2015


Economic and Social Research Council, GB

Urgent research grants – strategic call for proposals related to the Mediterranean migration crisis

ESRC Urgent Research Grants: Strategic call for proposals related to the Mediterranean migration crisis

In July 2013, ESRC piloted an Urgency Grants Mechanism, managed on a responsive mode basis, to respond to rare and unforeseen events where there is a strong case for immediate social science research. Following a review of the pilot scheme, Urgent Research Grants are now run on a strategic basis, with ESRC inviting calls for projects in areas deemed to require rapid action. We are now opening an Urgent Research Grant all for projects related to the currently unfolding migration crisis in the Mediterranean. Through this call, we aim to test and demonstrate the capability of the UK social science community to respond to urgent social crises. We aim for projects to commence by 1 August 2015.

Proposals are expected to demonstrate:

  • a robust social science methodological framework to conduct qualitative and/or quantitative research among migrant groups, informed by appropriate, current social science conceptual frameworks
  • suitable connections with governmental and/or non-governmental actors in one or more relevant countries to enable access to the migrant populations
  • a management plan for how the project will enable fieldwork to commence in a matter of weeks
  • plans to make the data and analysis available as quickly as possible to relevant practitioners and policymakers, with appropriate considerations for security, privacy, confidentiality and research ethics.

We invite proposals for a duration of up to 24 months, to a maximum amount of £200,000 (100 per cent fEC). As normal, ESRC will pay 80 per cent of the fEC, with the research organisation contributing the other 20 per cent. This length of time is intended to enable analysis of the data, and potentially some additional fieldwork in 2016. However, we expect that the majority of data collection activity will take place this summer and early autumn. We expect to fund one or two projects under this call.

Key dates

Project outlines must be submitted by 16.00 UK time on 9 June 2015

Full proposals must be submitted by 16.00 UK time on 30 June 2015

Grants to commence – 1 August 2015

 

Innovate UK, GB and other funders

Enhanced individual protective equipment

Up to £1 million is available for Phase 1 of this two phase competition funded by theMinistry of Defence (MOD).

The mission of the MOD’s Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) is “To equip and support our Armed Forces for operations now and in the future.” DE&S is responsible for procuring and supporting all the equipment and services for the UK Armed Forces.
  The ability to operate in harsh, hostile and toxic environments, whilst maintaining operational effectiveness is an enduring challenge. The overall aim is to provide fit, form and function. That is, provide the user with IPE that is comfortable to wear whilst also ensuring the user is able to operate safely, effectively and efficiently; whether this is on land, sea or in the air (or a combination of these).
The overall aim of the E-IPE challenge is to improve user effectiveness through a coherent and integrated clothing and protection system and bidders are requested to focus on one or more of the following seven key themes:

  • CBRN Protection – low burden, broad spectrum respiratory and dermal protection against toxic vapours, liquids and aerosols via integration with existing operational equipment
  • Climatic/Environmental Protection – for integration of protective clothing against extremes of hot and cold e.g. on the upper deck of a carrier
  • Fire Protection – enhanced level of protection and reduction of the thermo physiological burden of the fire protection on board ships/carriers
  • Industrial Protection – for personnel against, for example, hazardous materials or substances, noise etc
  • Blunt and Ballistic Protection – for integration of protective material into clothing without unduly affecting the human factors (bulk, thermal burden, range of movement)
  • Enhanced Hand Protection –to increase the capability and interoperability of gloves whilst providing increased functionality e.g. touch screen capability
  • Novel Fitting Techniques – to enable accurate measuring of the user for IPE in order to improve the accuracy of armour positioning and optimise the sizing and fit.

This competition opens on Monday 1st June and will close at 12 noon on Wednesday, 29th July, 2015.

briefing event will be held in London on Tuesday 14 July 2015.

Funding Opportunities

Kan Tong Po visiting fellowships

Royal Society, GB

This scheme is for scientists in the UK who want to stimulate new collaborations with leading scientists overseas through either a one-off visit or bilateral travel. This scheme is not intended to support continued research between a UK applicant and co-applicant who was a former colleague or PhD student or to support other existing or recent collaborations between the applicant and co-applicant. Rather, the scheme is intended to stimulate new collaborations between scientists in the UK and overseas.

Eligibility requirements

The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.

Both the UK applicant and overseas applicant must:

  • have a PhD, or be likely to have a PhD by the time the funding starts
  • hold a fixed or permanent contract at an eligible organisation for the duration of the project (ineligible organisations include industrial, private and commercial organisations, university spin-out companies, government bodies and research institutes and research councils)
  • be based in the respective countries at the time of the application

The funding available is dependent upon the length of the visit. Applicants may request:

  • up to of £3,000 for one-off travel lasting up to 3 months
  • up to £6000 for multiple visits to be completed within 1 year (including a maximum of £1000 for research expenses)
  • up to £12,000 for multiple visits to be completed within 2 years and cost share projects fixed at 2 years (including a maximum of £2000 for research expenses)

Closing Date: 01/June/2015

 

Newton mobility grants

Royal Society

The Royal Society offers Newton International Exchanges as mobility grants to provide international researchers with funding towards travel, subsistence and research expenses for either a one-off short visit to explore opportunities for building lasting networks or for bilateral visits to strengthen emerging collaborations. Successful candidates may wish to consider subsequently applying for a Newton International Fellowship or Newton Advanced Fellowship to consolidate partnerships.

The skills and knowledge gained should lead to changes in the well being of communities and increased economic benefits.

This award is currently available to international researchers that want to strengthen the research and innovation capacity by visiting or sending staff and students to the UK. The aims are to:

  • Strengthen research capacity of the partner countries – by facilitating training and skill transfer from the UK to partner countries.
  • Support excellent research – by linking the best researchers in the UK with the best researchers and their groups in partner countries and providing support for initial exploratory research.
  • Establish long term research links – between both partners to ensure sustainable research capacity in partner countries and benefit to the UK research community in the longer term.

This scheme is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as part of the Newton Fund.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent research experience and hold a permanent or fixed-term contract in an eligible university or research institute, which must span the duration of the project. Collaborations should focus on a single project involving overseas-based scientist (“the Applicant”) and UK-based scientist (“the Co-applicant”).

The funding available is dependent upon the length of the visit and the partner country.  Applicants may request:

  • up to £3,000 for one-off travel lasting up to 3 months
  • up to £6,000 for multiple visits to be completed within 1 year (including a maximum of £1,000 for research expenses)
  • up to £12,000 for multiple visits to be completed within 2 years (including a maximum of £2,000 for research expenses)

Closing Date: 3/June/2015

 

National Centre for Research Methods call for methodological research projects

Economic and Social Research Council

We are pleased to invite proposals for projects that will undertake cutting-edge methodological research development, within the context of substantive research problems. Projects must be focused in one or more of the following strategic areas:

  • Digital devices and mobile technologies for data collection
  • Participatory approaches
  • Analysis of online digital and Big Data
  • Bio-social data analysis
  • Policy relevant research synthesis
  • Small area estimation

The call is issued in partnership with the Department for International Development (DFID) which will co-fund in the Policy Relevant Research Synthesis area.

The aim of the call is to increase the quality and range of methodological skills and techniques used by the UK social science community, to enable new or existing social science research questions to be addressed more effectively. A total of £5 million (100 per cent fEC, ESRC contribution £4 million) is available. The maximum budget for an individual Research Project is £825,000 (100 per cent fEC, ESRC contribution £660,000) over a maximum of 36 months. Projects will need to commence on 1 January 2016.

Closing Date: 16/June/2015

 

Early-career fellowships for researchers in India

Wellcome Trust

This scheme provides a unique opportunity for the most promising postdoctoral researchers to carry out research in India. Applicants are expected to identify an important biomedical research question and design a project that would help answer this question. The proposal would also suggest how the proposed work would help develop the applicant’s future independent research program. Submitted proposals are expected to be globally competitive. Applicants may wish to set up long term training or collaborative visits (work outside Host Institution) for up to 24 months. These visits may be to other leading laboratories, anywhere in the world.

The fellowship is for five years, full time and provides:

Personal Support for the fellow.
Research expenses (materials and consumables; animals; support to attend scientific meetings; and small items of equipment, e.g. laptop)
Additional allowances (travel and overseas subsistence) for work outside the Host Institution; these are scientifically justified visits of up to 24 months to an external laboratory either in India or abroad.

Support funds for research staff or large equipments are not typically provided. It is expected that applicants will choose appropriate laboratories/ environments where majority of the necessary equipment and facilities are already available. To complete a preliminary application use our online system, IASys. Please ensure that the form is submitted by the published deadline.

Your preliminary application will normally be assessed within one month of the submission deadline. If successful, you will be invited to submit a full application. Your full application will be peer reviewed and considered by the appropriate Selection Committee and, if successful, you will be short-listed for interview. Short-listed candidates will be notified two weeks before the interview date. Applicants are not permitted to apply to multiple Fellowship schemes within the India Alliance in parallel. Only one application to one scheme will be entertained, at a time.

Preliminary application deadline: 15/June/2015

 

Supply chain integration in construction

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is to invest up to £2 million in feasibility studies to explore new ways of increasing collaboration and improving the flow of information throughout the construction supply chain. Our aim is to address problems arising from the fragmented nature of the industry. With so many layers of sub-contractors and suppliers, construction clients too often find themselves divorced from those who deliver projects on-site.

This lack of integration within the supply chain is leading to lost opportunities for innovation. We are therefore seeking proposals that will encourage the creation of more integrated, collaborative supply chains in this sector. These feasibility studies must be business-led. Projects are open to companies of any size working in collaboration. Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium-sized businesses 60% and large businesses 50%.

We expect projects to last 6 to 12 months with total costs ranging from £50,000 to £150,000, although we may consider larger projects. This competition opens on 9 March 2015. The deadline for registration is at noon on 22 April 2015and the deadline for applications is at noon on 29 April 2015. A briefing day for potential applicants will be held in Bristol on 19 March 2015.

 

Collaborative doctoral awards

Arts and Humanities Research Council

Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDAs) provide funding for doctoral studentship projects, proposed by a university based academic, to work in collaboration with an organisation outside of higher education.  They are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships providing opportunities for doctoral students to gain first-hand experience of work outside the university environment and enhance the employment-related skills and training a research student gains during the course of their award.

The projects also encourage and establish links that can have long-term benefits for both collaborating partners, providing access to resources and materials, knowledge and expertise that may not otherwise have been available and also provide social, cultural and economic benefits to wider society.

The AHRC are keen to see innovative applications that build diverse relationships with the non-HE sectors and would like to encourage further proposals to work with businesses, regional museums, regional arts organisations and community groups.  Any topic within the AHRC’s subject domain is eligible. Selection of successful applications will not be subject to quota systems and there are no priority areas, however, PhD proposals which address AHRC’s research themes are encouraged. In 2013 AHRC named 12 Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) organisations through which a fixed number of CDAs are also available.

Closing Date: 7th/July/2015

 

 

 

Research Funding Opportunities

Short-term constitutional change knowledge exchange leadership fellowships

Economic and Social Research Council, GB

The ESRC invites expressions of interest (EOI) for up to four short-term Knowledge Exchange (KE) Leadership Fellows around issues of constitutional change, broadly conceived. The Fellows’ objective is to maximise the breadth and depth of social science contributions to debates in the period immediately after the 2015 General Election, through the development of a programme of KE and public engagement activities.

These posts can be held by mid-career or senior academics, as well as non-academics, and applicants do not have to be based at an eligible UK research organisation. Non-academics are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are encouraged from individuals or from a cluster comprising up to four Fellows. Whether individual or cluster applications, it is envisaged that one Fellow will lead on co-ordinating the activities of the group. These appointments are for six to eight months’ duration, finishing at or before the end of 2015. It is expected that the successful applicants will begin work on 1 May 2015.

The total maximum budget for the cluster of four posts is £160,000 (100 per cent fEC), and individual Fellow applications are capped at £40,000 (100 per cent fEC). These awards are outside of normal fEC rules, and ESRC’s contribution will be 100 per cent of the funds requested in the proposal. Leadership Fellows will be expected to spend at least 20 per cent of their time on activities related to the award. This budget is expected to contribute to (but is unlikely to cover in full) salary costs, any specialist support staff (eg media/communications), and a range of strategic KE activities (eg networking, events, outputs), as well as costs associated with co-ordinating the cluster (if applicable).

Expressions of interest for the post(s) should be submitted by password-protected email toconstitutionalchange@esrc.ac.uk no later than 16.00 on 24 March 2015.

 

Centre for doctoral training: the use of smart and autonomous observation for the environmental sciences

Natural Environment Research Council, GB

NERC will fund one new CDT in ‘The use of smart and autonomous observation for the environmental sciences’ as part of the 2015 CDT call. The priority area is outlined below with the full details set out in the Announcement of Opportunity.

Funding for eight studentships will be awarded per annum, and the CDT award will provide funding for three years of new student intake from 2016-17.

There is a two-stage application process.

Outline proposal applications must use the form provided below and be submitted to the NERC Studentships & Training Awards Group at stag@nerc.ac.uk. The closing date for outline proposals is 16:00 on Thursday 16 April 2015.

Full proposal applications will be invited following the outline assessment stage. Full proposal applications using the form provided below must be submitted via the research councils’ Joint electronic-Submission system (Je-S). The deadline for submission of full proposals is 16:00 on Thursday 30 July 2015.

 

Enhancing user experience using personal data

Innovate UK, GB

Innovate UK is to invest up to £2 million to support feasibility studies looking at innovative ways to improve the user experience in the digital economy. We are looking for projects that use the increasing amount of personal data generated by individuals to gain insights into user needs and behaviours.  The competition is open to small and medium-sized enterprises singly or in collaboration. Proposals must be led by a business. Small businesses could receive up to 70% of their eligible project costs, medium-sized businesses 60%.

We expect projects to last 6 to 12 months and to range in size from total costs of £90,000 to £120,000.

This competition opens on 16 March 2015. The deadline for registration is noon on 29 April 2015, and the deadline for applications is noon on 6 May 2015.

 

Modular training partnerships

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, GB

Modular Training Partnerships (MTPs) fund the development of industrially-relevant short training courses at Masters level. Training should be developed in close collaboration with industry, and evidence of industrial demand is a key requirement for funding.

MTPs provide pump-prime funding for:

  • the development of individual training modules
  • preparation and marketing of course materials, and course launch

We also consider clusters of complementary modules if there is sufficient evidence of industrial demand.

Training should be delivered using the most appropriate method for the target industry (e.g. distance learning, web-based learning packages or residential 2-3 day seminar and workshop sessions).

Priority is given to applications in subject areas of significant need identified by industry, and applications that are within strategic priority areas (see related links). Applications are assessed by Committee E (see related links), which includes members from the industrial community. There are three application deadlines per year and proposals are considered at the next available Committee E meeting.

Applications must be made through the Je-S system.

Application Deadline: 15th July 2015

 

Skills development fellowships – expertise at the social science interface

Medical Research Council, GB

Skills Development Fellowships (previously Strategic Skills Fellowships) will support training for very early career researchers in, or individuals changing disciplines to, MRC priority areas for capacity-building at this level. The scheme currently focusses on the following areas:

  • Quantitative expertise: covering mathematics, statistics, computation and informatics applicable to any biomedical or health related data sources, from molecular to population level.Applicants from a quantitative disciplinary background should be seeking to develop new expertise and skills by applying mathematical, statistical and computational methods to biomedical and/or health research across MRC remit, including the development of novel methods in these areas if needed for the application. Applicants from an existing background in other disciplines should be seeking to acquire training in quantitative methods as applied to biomedical and/or health research.
  • Expertise at the social science interface: with a focus on areas of health economics and/or mixed methods research.

Applicants from an economics or social sciences research background should be seeking to develop new expertise and skills by applying economics or social sciences methods to biomedical and/or health research across MRC’s remit, including the development of novel methods in these areas if needed for the application. Applicants from an existing background in other disciplines should be seeking or to acquire training in economics or social research methods as applied to biomedical and/or health research.The fellowship provides full personal salary costs, with support for consumables, travel costs and capital equipment appropriate for the research project. Research staff fees and the substantial costs associated with collecting or generating primary data are not normally allowed within this scheme, unless approved exceptionally by the MRC office prior to submission.

Application deadline: 16/06/2015

 

Science in culture early-career researcher workshop – the lived environment

Arts and Humanities Research Council, GB

Date of Workshop: 20th and 21st May 2015

The aim of this ECR Workshop is to bring together early career researchers to identify key future opportunities for inter-disciplinary research under the topic ‘The Lived Environment’, within the Science in Culture theme.

The AHRC is looking to invite early career researchers from a wide range of arts and humanities research disciplines, and from a wide range of science disciplines, as well as relevant practice-based research contexts with an interest in this topic.

The workshop is designed to give ECRs the opportunity to network outside of their current research organisations, sectors and disciplines and to facilitate the development of initial ideas for future research which could lead to applications for collaborative Innovation Awards (or under other funding streams).The AHRC is looking for ECR applicants who are interested in taking part in a highly participative, interactive and open workshop which seeks to make new connections between arts and humanities researchers and scientists and demonstrate the capacity to contribute to the development of the Science in Culture Theme.  Successful applicants attending the ECR workshop will have a follow up opportunity to apply for closed Innovation Award funding (up to £80,000 Full Economic Costing (FEC)) under the Science in Culture theme.

Application Deadline: 10/04/2015 at 4pm

 

Enhancing user experience in retail

Innovate UK, GB

Innovate UK is to invest up to £4 million to support new ways of enhancing user experience in retail.

We are looking for projects that convert data about people into valuable insights that improve the user experience for customers and lead to commercial gains (for example, more customers, higher sales and increased profits) for retailers.The competition is open to companies of any size in working in partnership. Proposals must be led by a business.Small and medium sized businesses could receive up to 60% of their eligible project costs and large businesses 50%. We expect projects to last 12 to 24 months and total project costs to range in size from £400,000 to £1 million, although we may consider projects outside this range.

This competition opens on 16 March 2015. The deadline for registration is noon on 6 May 2015, and the deadline for expressions of interest is noon on 13 May 2015.

 

UK/China low carbon cities research

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, GB and other funders

Building on five years of successful collaborative research programmes funded jointly by the Natural Sciences Foundation of China (NSFC) and the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in Energy research, we are inviting proposals to our latest joint call in the area of Low Carbon Cities research between China and the UK. A scoping workshop was held in Chengdu, China in January 2015 to identify themes for this call.

Low Carbon Cities combines research to reduce the carbon emissions of existing technologies and fundamental research into alternative energy sources and a reduction of energy demand, all with a focus on future urban environments.

Such research requires a multi-disciplinary approach, combining technological expertise with an understanding of societal factors including public policy that govern uptake. Significant sub-themes include:

  • Low Carbon Transportation
  • Smart and Efficient Buildings
  • Low Carbon District Heating / Cooling

This is a call for proposals that aims to foster collaboration between UK and Chinese academics who work in the field of Low Carbon Cities. Proposal should include at least one academic from both the UK and China and should demonstrate truly collaborative working which will lead to impactful outcomes.

The proposals will be assessed using an expert panel which will include key academic and industrial researchers who work in the Low Carbon Cities space. This call is expected to address key challenges that were identified at the scoping workshop attended by leading UK and Chinese researchers, held in Chengdu, China.

The call closes at 16.00 on 23 April 2015 with the first part providing up to £3.3 million, for grants up to £800 thousand available from EPSRC and the second part providing up to £1.2 million available for a specific research area from Newton funding. Applicants can either apply for the EPSRC or Newton funded streams.

 

Translational alliance platforms

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, GB

EPSRC invites participation in a funding initiative which aims to support researchers in the formation and development of new sustainable long-term translational partnerships which will deliver impact from existing EPSRC research investments. Partnerships should aim to develop research outcomes towards tangible application and use, and also to share engineering knowledge and approaches in order to co-design future user oriented research strategies. This call is open to those who wish to develop translational partners at the multi-disciplinary interface between Healthcare Technologies and the Engineering areas of Synthetic Biology, Chemical and Formulation Engineering, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, and Microsystems. A budget of £4 million is available to support a number of flexible translational partnership investments across this broad interface.

The primary aim of this funding activity is to enable the development of new long-term relationships between a researcher, or team of researchers, and an identified translational partner. Translational partners may be any non-academic user organisation (e.g. an industrial, charitable, clinical or not for profit organisation) which has the experience and capability to translate research outcomes into new or improved products, services or systems. The translational partner should be clearly appropriate for the translation of the research in question, and must have the expertise to work in collaboration with the academic partner in order to both deliver translational research outcomes and inform and co-design future research.

Outline Application Deadline: 28/05/2015 at 4pm.

 

ICT pioneers competition

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, GB and other funders

UK ICT Pioneers is a unique partnership between Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and key stakeholders that aims to recognise the most exceptional UK doctoral students in ICT-related topics who are able to communicate and demonstrate the excellence and exploitation potential of their research. The 2015 competition is being sponsored by: Dstl, HP, EPSRC, BCS, BT, Facebook and Samsung.

This exciting competition is open to all UK students in the final two years of their doctoral training. You must be undertaking research in an ICT-related subject which includes but is not restricted to Electronics, Communications, Computer Science, Human-Computer Interfaces and Photonics. Your doctoral training does not have to be funded by EPSRC to participate in this competition. Following the success of previous rounds of the competition, EPSRC’s ICT theme launched the UK ICT Pioneers 2015 competition on 05 March 2015. The competition is currently accepting expressions of interest from applicants.

Before applying for the 2015 UK ICT Pioneers competition you should read the Further Information and How to Apply document (under “Resources” on this page).

You should complete and submit the expression of interest form by the closing date of 12:00, Thursday 16 April 2015.

 

Cleaner, more efficient conventional fuels – collaborative research and development

Innovate UK, GB

Innovate UK is to invest up to £5m in collaborative R&D and feasibility studies to stimulate innovation in conventional fossil fuels.

The aim is to improve efficiency, reduce cost and minimise the environmental impact of coal, natural gas and oil.  Projects must be business-led and all must involve an SME.
Unconventional fossil fuels such as shale gas, shale oil and tar sands are outside the scope of this competition. 
We are allocating up to £4m of the total funding for business-led, collaborative R&D projects (industrial research), with a business partner attracting 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs). We expect collaborative R&D projects to range in size from £250k to £1.5m, although we may consider projects outside this range. Up to £1m of the total funding will be available for smaller-scale feasibility studies (or pre-industrial research). These can be collaborative but must be led by an SME (working with large businesses, other SMEs or research organisations) or developed by a single SME. Feasibility studies also attract public funding. Innovate UK will fund 70% of eligible project costs for small enterprises, 60% for medium enterprises and 50% for large enterprises. We expect feasibility projects to range in size from £100k to £150k.

In addition, up to £1 million is available through the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) for the academic element of projects that fall within NERC-remit and fulfil NERC’s criteria for support and focus on translation of existing research outcomes to meet industry issues and challenges.

The competition opens for both types of project application on 2 March 2015. The deadline for feasibility studies, for which there is a single-stage process, is at noon on 10 June 2015. The deadline for expressions of interest for collaborative R&D, for which there is a two-stage process, is at noon on 15 April 2015. A briefing event for potential applicants will be held in London on 10 March 2015.

Abstracts bursary programme for MEIbioeng15

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, GB

Abstract submission is now open for MEIbioeng15 on 7th and 8th September 2015 at the University of Leeds. The Scientific Advisory Panel of nine internationally recognised scientists and research leaders welcome abstracts across nine themes, including scientific research areas, commercial translation and careers and outreach. Top abstracts will be selected for oral presentation; all abstracts will present a poster and be published in the conference programme and abstracts book (with ISBN number).

MEIbioeng15 also intends to offer an abstracts bursary programme to encourage early submission, offered on a first come, first served basis. Our event has evolved to be the national biomedical engineering event for the UK, originating from the community developed through the former Centres of Excellence in Medical Engineering in the UK (funded by Wellcome Trust and EPSRC from 2009) and The Bioengineering Society Annual Meeting – attracting participants from leading academic centres and the medical technology industry.

For further information on how to submit an abstract and the guidelines visit the abstracts submission page of the event website

The deadline for submission is midnight 31st March 2015.

 

Efficacy and mechanism evaluation programme – researcher-led workstream

Department of Health including NIHR, GB and other funders

The EME Programme’s researcher-led workstream is an ongoing research funding opportunity funded by the Medical Research Council. You are welcome to submit a preliminary application at any time, however there will be three cut-off dates each year.

If you are the lead applicant, you must be based in the UK. Co-applicants may be based outside the UK, and if necessary research can be conducted overseas. The rationale for this should be clearly set out in the application and each case will be judged on its merits. Please note that Research Councils UK eligibility rules apply to the EME Programme. Further information on this requirement is available from the Research Councils UK’s eligibility webpages.

Outline Application Deadline: 01 July 2015.

 

Adventures in energy

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, GB

EPSRC, as part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Energy Programme, invites adventurous research proposals from researchers who wish to develop their ideas in the energy sector for the first time. To be eligible for this call, applicants should hold or have recently held (grant end date on or after 01 January 2014) at least oneEPSRC research grant. However, investigators on any current or completed EPSRC grants funded wholly or largely by the EPSRC Energy Theme during the period 2011-14 are not eligible for this call – please refer to the list of grants given below.

We particularly wish to encourage cross-cutting, interdisciplinary proposals focused on novel energy technology development. Proposals may consist of a single research project or a suite of small-scale feasibility studies based around a common theme. Collaborative projects are encouraged, but each proposal should be submitted on a single Je-S form. Individual applicants may only be named on one proposal to this call, whether as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Investigator (Co-I).

The call closes at 16:00 on Thursday 21 May 2015. Up to £4 million is available for this call; proposals should not exceed £500 thousand in value at 80% full Economic Cost (fEC).

Potential applicants to this call must register their intent by submitting an Expression of Interest via the form at the bottom of the page by 23:59 on Tuesday 07 April 2015, including the names and affiliations of the PI and any Co-Is, the topic(s) of the research, and the approximate value of the funds to be requested.

Applicants who do not register their intent to submit a proposal will have their applications rejected without recourse to peer review.

 

Research and innovation developing technological solutions and services for water systems

Water JPI, EU and other funders

The ERA-NET Cofund Water Works 2014 was launched in 2014 in support of the Water JPI. It is funded by the EC under Horizon 2020.  WaterWorks2014 aims at tackling European water challenges through the development of transnational and trans-disciplinary research and innovation actions. WaterWorks2014 addresses the specific challenge of integrating the efforts and Strategic Agendas of many European Water Research and Innovation Funding Organisations.  WaterWorks2014 will benefit researchers, policy-makers, water authorities, utility operators, industry, farmers, and citizens by developing new solutions in the water domain.

This is a 2-stage application process. All applications should be submitted via an Online Application System(ww2014-submission.fct.pt). 
Registration is required
 in order to apply.

1st Stage – Deadline for Submission of Pre-Proposals: 4 May 2015, 17h00 (CET)
2nd Stage – Deadline for Submission of Full Proposals14 September 2015, 17h00 (CET)

 

Funding Alert

Understanding, countering and mitigating security threats Research and Evidence Hub

The ESRC, in partnership with the UK security and intelligence agencies, is pleased to invite proposals for the world-class interdisciplinary Research and Evidence Hub on Understanding, Countering and Mitigating Security Threats.

The aim of the Hub is to maximise the impact of existing research in order to inform approaches to countering contemporary security threats to individuals, communities, and institutions. High quality, innovative and ambitious proposals from interdisciplinary academic teams are sought which will work collaboratively with government agencies to maximise the impact of research, while retaining academic independence.

The Hub will work as a catalyst, bridging academic and UK security and intelligence communities. Its main focus will be to enhance and translate existing evidence to inform decisions aimed at mitigating security threats to individuals, communities, institutions in the UK, and to UK interests overseas – without displacing those threats to others.

It is intended that the amount available for the Hub will be up to £1.8 million at 100 per cent full economic cost (fec) per annum, of which 80 per cent (ie up to £1.44 million per annum or up to £4.32 million over a three-year period) will be covered by the UK security and intelligence agencies, through an ESRC-administered grant. Funding is intended to be available for three years, with a possible extension for another two years following a review.

Application process

The deadline for submitting proposals is 16.00 on 24 March 2015.

Shortlisted proposals will be invited for interview in early July 2015. Funding decision will be announced in early August 2015, and Hub is expected to start in October 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Please contact the Funding Development Team in RKEO if you are interested in applying.

Funding Opportunities

Please see below for this weeks funding opportunities:

 

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council,

Strategic Longer and Larger Grants 

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council invites outline proposals for its longer and larger responsive research grants (sLoLa). These support research projects requiring longer time scales, extensive resources or multidisciplinary approaches.

Applications must address at least one of the BBSRC’s strategic priority areas. For 2015, applications are particularly encouraged in the specific strategic area of understanding complex microbial communities and its sub-areas of biofilm formation, the human or animal microbiome, anti-microbial resistance and soil.

Funding typically supports integrated research projects requiring long timescales, extensive resources and/or multidisciplinary approaches.

Proposals must be over £2M (FEC project value net of any industrial contribution) and can be up to 5 years in duration.

Research funded through a strategic LoLa must:

  • Be scientifically excellent
  • Demonstrate exceptional relevance to one or more of our strategic priorities
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the potential for impact
  • Be conducted by an internationally leading research team

All proposals must be within our scientific remit. Multidisciplinary proposals are encouraged but potential applicants are strongly advised to contact us (email contact below) beforehand to discuss their application if aspects of the proposal are outside our remit.

Closing Date: 14th April 2015. 

 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Multi-Disciplinary Low Carbon Fuels

EPSRC, as part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Energy Programme, invites proposals for collaborative research projects to undertake fundamental research that will advance low carbon fuels generation toward deployment. Proposals submitted to this call must be multi-disciplinary in nature and seek to solve the issues outlined below.

This call is aimed to address low carbon fuel generation. EPSRC expects bids to be cross-cutting and involve several disciplines, research areas and fuel types. Bids that do not sufficiently work across research areas will be rejected.

There should be a single submission from a single principal investigator (PI) for each proposal, though bids can be multi-institutional. In order to focus effort applicants are only permitted to be involved in a maximum of two proposals; as a PI on one proposal and a co-investigator on another proposal or as a co-investigator on a maximum of two proposals.

Applicants wishing to submit a proposal must register their intent to submit before 16.00 on 10 March 2015. Applicants must submit the names of researchers, institutions, project partners, the approximate cost of the grant and the research areas to EnergyTeam@epsrc.ac.uk. Applicants who do not register their intent to submit before the deadline will have their applications rejected. This stage is used to help us identify reviewers and panel members.

Closing Date:  16.00 on 28 April 2015 with up to £6M available from EPSRC for this call. Projects may be for up to four years. EPSRC expects to support three or four proposals.

 

Innovate UK

Reducing Motorcyclists’ Casualties In Wales

The ‘Innovation in Reducing Motorcyclist Casualties in Wales’ project is a new national competition launched by the Welsh Government to drive forward Wales’ innovation agenda.

This competition is funded by the Welsh Government and Innovate UK, and jointly run with RoSPA Wales. The competition will identify innovative projects that can help the Welsh Government to reduce the number of motorcyclists killed or seriously injured on Welsh roads in particular accidents occurring at junctions. Organisations are invited to compete for a share of a total of £510,000 in funding for the prototype development and demonstration of innovative technologies.

The challenge will be to develop an effective intervention or technological feature that provides demonstrable improvements in the safety of motorcyclists, either by reducing the likelihood of a collision occurring, or by lessening the impact of a collision.

For further information, a Briefing Event will be held on 18 February. You can register for this event via this link: https://wales.business-events.org.uk/en/events/briefing-event-innovation-competition-motorcyclist-casualties/.

Key Timeline information

Competition Opens     13 January 2015
Briefing Event   18 February 2015
Deadline for Registration   Noon 2 March 2015
Deadline for receipt of applications   Noon 9 March 2015
Shortlisted finalists informed   16 March 2015
Selection Panel Interviews   23 March 2015
Applicants informed   30 March 2015
Feasibility projects commence   1 May 2015
Feasibility projects end   30 October 2015

 

Innovate UK

Production line readiness for high-value manufacturing.

Innovate UK is to invest up to £1 million in late-stage experimental development projects to help companies bring recent technology innovations closer to the point of manufacturing readiness. This competition builds on our previous investments in high-value manufacturing feasibility studies and collaborative R&D projects.

We are seeking proposals that focus on ‘experimental development’, as defined here interact.innovateuk.org/funding-rules. This work could be a series of pilot-line production trials involving a novel approach to shorten the pre-production phase, or production technologies aimed at more cost-effective maturation of processes and equipment.

The competition is open to a single company or to collaborative consortia. Projects must be led by a company and we expect them to range in size from £200,000 to a maximum of £500,000 in total costs.

Collaborative projects may involve other companies and/or research technology organisations as partners. Universities cannot participate as funded partners or sub-contractors because there should be no research activity in the projects. The main activity must be experimental development and funding will be at 35% for SMEs and 25% for large companies. We expect projects to last around 9 months and to be completed by 31 March 2016.

This competition opens for applicants on 16 February 2015. The deadline for registration is at noon on25 March 2015 and the deadline for applications is at noon on 1 April 2015.

A briefing event for potential applicants will be held in London on 25 February 2015.

Important Dates:

Competition opens   16 February 2015
Competition briefing   25 February 2015
Registration deadline   Noon 25 March 2015
Deadline for applications   Noon 1 April 2015

 

Natural Environment Research Council

Using critical zone science to understand sustaining the ecosystem service of soil and water.

NERC in the UK and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are investing in a strategic research programme to understand and seek ways to address the challenges faced for the delivery of China’s ecosystems services in association with their agricultural production and urbanisation.

Expressions of Interest are invited for a call under this programme. This call is supported by the UK through the Newton Fund which forms part of the UK governments Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment and is only open to joint UK-China applications.

The call for proposals will be undertaken as a three stage process.

  1. An Expression of Interest (EoI) must be submitted via email by the 6 March 2015 deadline. EoI’s will be sifted based on remit and strategic requirement to ensure the programmes objectives are met. Successful applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.
  2. Successful applicants at the EoI stage will also be asked to attend a short meeting in early-April, possibly in China, at which NERC and NSFC will provide further advice and context (details to be confirmed).
  3. Full proposals will be submitted via Je-S by the deadline 7 May 2015. Full proposals will go through external peer review and then to a moderating panel. Successful full proposal teams will attend a kick-off workshop in 2016 where they will identify integrative and coordination activities between the different grants.

The programme aims to cover all of the following objectives, with individual proposals expected to address one or more of the following:

  • understand the importance of spatial variation and scale (from field to landscape) on the ability of soils and water within the critical zone (CZ) to perform their multiple functions
  • development of modelling approaches and improvement of model skill, with the integration of wider disciplines, in the prediction of resilience
  • within the context of environmental stressors within China (eg erosion, pollutants, extreme weather, changing agricultural practices, and water availability), seek to understand and improve the resilience of soils and water to perturbations.

All applications must be collaborations between UK and Chinese researchers. Applications to this call must be in English.

Expression of Interest forms must be submitted via email as a word document both to NERC atczo@nerc.ac.uk by 08:00 (GMT) and NSFC at xoc@nsfc.gov.cn by 16:00 (CST) on 6 March 2015.

Funding Opportunity: British Medical Association

 

BMA 2015 research grants –  now open for applications

The 2015 British Medical Association research grants are now open and are accepting applications online at bma.org.uk/researchgrants<http://bma.org.uk/researchgrants>.

The grants provide approximately £500,000 of research funding annually across ten different grants. Funding areas range from heart disease to schizophrenia to novel technologies to assist in patient care. Applications are invited from medical practitioners and/or research scientists for research in progress or prospective research.

Details of the grants available in 2015 can be found here<http://bma.org.uk/developing-your-career/portfolio-career/research-grants/research-grants-details>.

For any further information on the BMA Research Grants please see their webpages at bma.org.uk/researchgrants<http://bma.org.uk/researchgrants> or  contact them directly info.sciencegrants@bma.org.uk<file:///\\bma1.bmauk.net\bma1.bmauk.netbmaProfessionalPolicyRESEARCHGRANTSAdvertisingofgrantsExternalorganisationsinfo.sciencegrants@bma.org.uk

or call 020 7383 6755.

Research Funding Opportunities

Below are this weeks funding opportunities:

Welcome Trust- Senior Investigator Awards in Biomedical Science.

Senior Investigator Awards support exceptional, world-class researchers, who hold an established academic position. We will support researchers who have an international track-record of significant achievement relative to their career stage, who have demonstrated the originality and impact of their research, and who are leaders in their field.Senior Investigator Awards provide flexible support to enable the best researchers to address the most important questions about health and disease. Awards may be small or large, but candidates must be able to articulate a compelling vision for their research and set out the approaches they will take.

Senior Investigator Awards provide a flexible package of funding that is driven by the requirements of the proposed research. A Senior Investigator Award might be anything up to £425k per year, and for any duration of up to a maximum of seven years. Costs should be suited to and clearly justified by the proposed research and the approaches you will take.

  • Full application closing date: 20/02/2015
  • Shortlisting of candidates by Expert Review Group: April-May/2015
  • Shortlisted candidate interviews by Interview Panel: 7-9/06/2015

Innovate UK- Innovation Vouchers

An Innovation Voucher gives you up to £5,000 to work with an external expert for the first time. It allows you to gain new knowledge to help your business innovate, develop and grow. That expert help could be advice on a novel idea, on using design within your business or on how to make the most of intellectual property (IP). Our national Innovation Voucher scheme gives you access to a wide range of expert suppliers. They include universities, further education colleges, research and technology organisations, Catapult centres and technical, design and IP consultancies. For instance, equipment.data.ac.uk is an excellent source of advice on university research equipment.

You can apply at any time, with around 100 vouchers being awarded every three months – in October, January, April and July.

The next deadline is 21/01/2015. 
 
 

The ESRC in partnership with a range of funding partners jointly invites full proposals from eligible research organisations to bid for funding to undertake evidence programmes to underpin a new and independent What Works Centre for Wellbeing.

Interest in wellbeing is growing both nationally and internationally and the UK is regarded as one of the leading countries in this area in terms of measurement, innovative uses of wellbeing data and academics in the field. International focus has been on how societies, governments, communities and populations measure their progress, in more holistic ways – including the UK’s Legatum Institute’s Commission on Wellbeing and Policy. In November 2010, a national ‘measuring wellbeing’ programme was launched by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) driven by public consultation. ONS now publishes regular wellbeing reports and data at a national and local level and has developed a measurement tool for wellbeing comprising 10 domains. A recent All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics has published a report on translating wellbeing evidence into policy, which argues that ‘the time is right to move from national wellbeing measurement to a national wellbeing strategy’.

 Extending Deadline: 21/01/ 2015
 
 
 
 

Proposals are invited for the 2015-16 Advanced Training: Short Courses (ATSC) training initiative. Initiatives funded as part of this scheme must be completed by 31 March 2016.

This call invites proposals offering training initiatives in a variety of forms that fall both within the NERC science remit as well as addressing one or more of the Priority Training Areas contained within the ATSC Announcement of Opportunity document. These training initiatives must prioritise NERC-funded PhD students or develop the skills of environmental sciences early career researchers (working within academic and/or non-academic settings) for future careers in research and other contexts.

NERC has a total budget of £1m for this scheme. The maximum applicants can apply for to run a training initiative is £100k although it is expected that most training initiatives will request £20k-£50k.

Deadline for Submission: 4pm on 13/01/2015.
 
 
 
 

The Wellcome Trust is particularly interested in receiving applications from university lecturers within the first five years of their independent research careers. New Investigator Awards are intended to support strong researchers who are in the early stages of their independent research careers and have already shown that they can innovate and drive advances in their field of study. Candidates should be no more than five years from appointment to their first academic position.These Awards provide flexible support at a level and length appropriate to enable the best researchers to address the most important questions about health and disease. Awards may equally be small or large, but candidates should be able to articulate a compelling vision for their research, while ensuring that their proposal and requested funding is appropriate to their research experience to date.

New Investigator Awards provide a flexible package of funding that is driven by the requirements of the proposed research. An award can be worth anything up to £425k per year and for any duration up to a maximum of seven years. Requested costs should be suited to, and clearly justified by, the proposed research, and candidates should ensure that the scope of the proposal and the associated resources are appropriate for their career stage and research experience to date.

  • Full application closing date: 20/02/ 2015
  • Shortlisting of candidates by Expert Review GroupApril-May/2015
  • Shortlisted candidate interviews by Interview Panel7-9 /07/ 2015
 
 
 

The AHRC and BBC Radio 3 are looking for applications for the New Generation Thinkers of 2015.  This pioneering scheme aims to develop a new generation of academics who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience – through BBC broadcasting. It’s a chance for early career researchers to cultivate the skills to communicate their research findings to those outside the academic community.Each year, up to sixty successful applicants have a chance to develop their programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops and, of these up to ten will become Radio 3’s resident New Generation Thinkers. They will benefit from a unique opportunity to develop their own programmes for BBC Radio 3 and a chance to regularly appear on air.

The aim of the scheme is to provide a development opportunity for early career researchers to cultivate the skills to communicate their research findings to those outside the academic community. The scheme wants to find the new generation of academics who can bring the best of the latest university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience. Applications should demonstrate an engaging and stimulating programme but also demonstrate an ability to talk about other subjects areas within the arts and humanities in an accessible andrefreshing manner, with awareness of the wider listening audience. We would recommend that you listen to the 2014 winners’ programmes on BBC iPlayer Radio.

Closing Date:  15/12/2014

 

NIHR Public Health Research Funding Board

Dear colleagues,

We would like to bring to your attention that the NIHR Public Health Research Funding Board is currently recruiting new members.

You can find out more information about the positions on the NIHR website here: http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5959c256494563d480b887fce&id=956d9306c8&e=19509b734a

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 17 November 2014.

Best wishes,

Jason Edwards

Latest Major Funding Opportunities

The following funding opportunities have been announced. Please follow the links for more information:

Wellcome Trust

University Awards in Society and Ethics

This scheme allows universities to attract or retain outstanding research staff at an early to mid-stage in their careers by providing support for up to five years, after which time the applicant takes up a guaranteed permanent post in the university. Up to five years’ support is available, providing your full salary for three years, 50 per cent in the fourth year and 25 per cent in the fifth year. Travel expenses to attend meetings are provided for five years, but research expenses are provided for the first three years of the award only.

Closing Date for preliminary applications: 23/1/15  at 17.00

Closing Date for Full application: 02/4/15 at 17.00

 

Innovate UK

Detection of clandestines

This call for proposals is seeking to achieve a step-change in UK Border Security through new technologies for detecting people hidden in vehicles. Funding will be provided by the Home Office’s Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) and Border Force. CAST exists to protect the public using science and technology by providing high quality, impartial advice, innovative solutions and frontline support to the Home Office and its partners. Border Force is a professional law enforcement command within the Home Office and is responsible for securing the UK border and controlling migration at 138 ports and airports across the UK and overseas.

Award: £400k for all Phase1 contracts 

Registration Closes: 07/1//2015

Closing Date: 14/1/2015

 

Wellcome Trust

Short-term Research Leave Awards for clinicians and scientists

This scheme enables clinicians, scientists and other healthcare professionals to undertake up to 6 months (FTE) of research at a centre or department with academic expertise in medical humanities, to explore the wider determinants and contexts of their own medical and scientific work. Awards can last for up to six months. We will provide the salary of a locum or replacement lecturer for the duration of the award, and a set amount for travel to conferences.

Closing Dates for preliminary applications: 23/1/2015

Closing Date for full applications: 2/4/2015

 

Art and Humanities Research Council

Collaborative Doctoral Awards and Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

Collaborative Doctoral Awards are intended to encourage and develop collaboration and partnerships between Higher Education Institution (HEI) departments and non-HEI organisations and businesses. These awards provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first hand experience of work outside the university environment. The support provided by both a university and non-university supervisor enhances the employment-related skills and training a research student gains during the course of their award. The studentships also encourage and establish links that can have long-term benefits for both collaborating partners, providing access to resources and materials, knowledge and expertise that may not otherwise have been available and also provide social, cultural and economic benefits to wider society.

Closing Date: 10/12/14 at 16.00

 

Wellcome Trust

Senior Investigator Awards in Medical Humanities

We will support researchers who have an international track record of significant achievement, who have demonstrated the originality and impact of their research, and who are leading their field. Senior Investigator Awards provide flexible support at a level and length that is sufficient to enable exceptional researchers to address the most important questions about medicine in its social, cultural, and historical contexts. The Medical Humanities funding scheme supports bold and intellectually rigorous research applications that address important questions at the interface of medicine, health-related sciences, and the wider humanities. While we encourage interdisciplinary work, our principal aim is to fund the best research by the brightest scholars at all stages in their academic careers.

Typical Senior Investigator Awards are for up to five years and provide a generous and flexible package of funding.A Senior Investigator Award might be in the range of £100k to £200k per year, depending on the needs of your research and your ability to justify the proposed costs.

Closing date for preliminary applications: 23/1/2015

Closing date for full applications: 2/4/2015

 

Wellcome Trust

New Investigator Awards in Medical Humanities

Researchers should be able to articulate a compelling vision for their research and demonstrate the talent, track record and originality to achieve it. New Investigator Awards provide flexible support at a level and length that is sufficient to enable exceptional researchers to address the most important questions about medicine in its social, cultural, and historical contexts. The Medical Humanities funding scheme supports bold and intellectually rigorous research applications that address important questions at the interface of medicine, health-related sciences, and the wider humanities.While we encourage interdisciplinary work, our principal aim is to fund the best research by the brightest scholars at all stages in their academic careers.

Typical New Investigator Awards are for up to five years and provide a generous and flexible package of funding. A New Investigator Award might be in the range of £100k to £200k per year, depending on the needs of your research and your ability to justify the proposed costs.

Closing date for preliminary applications: 23/1/2015

Closing date for full applications: 2/4/2015

Wellcome Trust

This scheme allows universities to attract outstanding research staff by providing support for up to five years, after which time the award holder takes up a guaranteed permanent post in the university. Up to five years’ support is available, providing your full salary for three years, 50 per cent in the fourth year and 25 per cent in the fifth year. Travel expenses to attend meetings are provided for five years, but research expenses are provided for the first three years of the award only.

Closing date for preliminary applications: 23/1/2015

Closing date for full applications: 2/4/2015

Wellcome Trust

Research Fellowships for Health Professionals

This scheme is intended for practising health professionals who wish to carry out research in any area within the remit of the Society and Ethics Programme, either full-time or part-time, while maintaining their work commitments. The research should address a real-life issue in the candidate’s professional practice that is relevant to the Programme. Part-time fellows will be expected to spend at least 50 per cent of their time on their research. This scheme can be used to enrol on a PhD for those who have little or no humanities or social science experience. The scheme can also be used to undertake postdoctoral research. It is particularly aimed at people who intend to pursue a long-term academic career exploring the ethical or social aspects of biomedical research or health interventions.

The fellowship will enable successful candidates to pursue their social and ethical research interests in one or more appropriate departments or research facilities.

An award will not normally exceed £250 000, exclusive of any standard Wellcome Trust allowances. The fellow’s salary is provided, plus appropriate employer’s contributions. Essential research expenses, including travel and fieldwork, are available, as is a set amount for travel to conferences, seminars and other meetings of a scholarly nature. If enrolling for a PhD, an agreed salary will be provided, together with PhD registration fees, research expenses and a contribution to travel and general training costs. The maximum duration of the award is three years full-time. Candidates wishing to apply for a part-time award will be handled on a case-by-case basis, but awards will typically not be longer than four years in duration. The time permitted for professional activities or other non-research activity during the fellowship is normally restricted to a maximum of eight hours or two programmed activities per week.

Closing date for preliminary applications: 23/1/2015

Closing date for full applications: 2/4/2015

 

Arts & Humanities Research Council

This highlight notice, open until the end of July 2015, seeks to encourage research networking applications that explore innovative areas of cross-disciplinary enquiry that straddle the remits of the AHRC and other Research Councils and which involve significant boundary-crossing engagement and exchange between arts and humanities researchers and researchers/ practitioners in emerging areas of science and technology (broadly defined, including social science, engineering and medicine). We hope that the networking awards funded under the highlight will help to bring distinctive arts and humanities perspectives and approaches more centrally into these emerging fields of cross-disciplinary enquiry. The highlight notice also provides an opportunity to build networks to explore, through inter-disciplinary dialogue, how arts and humanities research might play a leading role in the development of research agendas in a number of areas (see below for further information) of potential future collaborative working across the Research Councils.

We will welcome proposals which are more exploratory or speculative in nature in terms of developing the potential for future cross-disciplinary engagement in areas where there may have been limited previous engagement between different research communities and recognise that in some cases this may generate increased risks or uncertainty around the research outcomes. Proposals which draw on a range of perspectives and subjects from within the arts and humanities will be strongly welcomed but proposals which are only or primarily cross-disciplinary within the arts and humanities will not fit this highlight notice (though of course will be welcomed under the networking scheme more generally).

Closing Date: 31/07/2015

 

Arts & Humanities Research Council

AHRC & Cheltenham Festivals: call for events at Music and Jazz

To mark its tenth anniversary in 2015, the AHRC is looking to extend its partnership with Cheltenham Festivals by inviting applications from researchers to present their research at one of a series of six engaging public events at the Cheltenham Jazz and Music Festivals in 2015. Cheltenham Festivals is the charitable organisation behind the town’s internationally acclaimed Jazz (opens in a new window), Science (opens in a new window), Music (opens in a new window) and Literature (opens in a new window) Festivals. Through cutting edge and creative programming, Cheltenham’s four festivals have provided a platform for debate and commentary from scholars across the world.

Up to twenty successful applicants will have a chance to develop their event ideas with experienced Cheltenham Festival producers and members of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement at a dedicated workshop. Of these, up to six will have the chance to hold their event at either the Jazz or Music Festivals. An initial workshop to be held on 6th January 2015 will focus on these festivals. The selected researchers will benefit from a unique opportunity to work closely with the Cheltenham Festival producers to create interactive and engaging events, invite high profile speakers, where relevant, and ultimately share their research with a public audience. We welcome applications from individual researchers or project teams with one lead applicant, working in all areas of the arts and humanities. The topics of the proposed events should fall within one of the disciplines within the AHRC’s remit, and should fit into the themes of the Festivals.

Closing Date: 1/12/2014

 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Fellowships for the Future of Manufacturing: Challenges from the Manufacturing Foresight Report

The Manufacturing the Future Theme is looking to establish a number of Fellowships that will act as a response to the Manufacturing Foresight report, focussing on the Manufacturing research opportunities around the key technologies that are likely to, when integrated into future products and networks, collectively facilitate fundamental shifts in how products are designed, made, offered and ultimately used by consumers. Successful Fellowships for the Future of Manufacturing will be expected to not only undertake leading research but also inform the research agenda around the challenges highlighted in the Foresight report, linking with the key activities required to enable this.

These Fellowships are intended to be analogous to the prestigious Dream Fellowship award, enabling talented researchers to take time out from their everyday activities, to give them the freedom to gain new knowledge of novel creative problem solving techniques, explore new radical ideas and develop new ambitious research directions, but in this case concentrating on key research issues for the UK that were identified in the Manufacturing Foresight report

Closing Date: 9/12/2014 at 16.00

 

Innovate UK

Improving food supply chain efficiency

Innovate UK, together with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) are to invest up to £11m in business projects to improve the resource efficiency and resilience of the food and drink supply chain.
The aim of this competition is to help companies develop innovative ways to: reduce the production of waste, use resources such as energy, water and raw materials more efficiently, improve the productivity of food manufacturing and processing operations, improve the resilience of the food supply chain by making better use of resources and reducing environmental stresses on food systems.
Proposals must be collaborative and business-led. We expect to fund mainly industrial research projects in which a business partner will generally attract up to 50% public funding for their project costs (60% for SMEs). We expect projects to range in size from total costs of £250k to £1m, although we may consider projects outside this range.
The deadline for expressions of interest is  3/12/2014 at 12.00
A webinar briefing for potential applicants will be held on 15/10/2014. 
Economic and Social Research Council

What Works Wellbeing

The interest in wellbeing is growing both nationally and internationally and the UK is regarded as one of the leading countries in this area. International focus has been on how societies, governments, communities and populations measure their progress, economic and social – including the UK’s Legatum Institute’s Commission on Wellbeing and Policy. In November 2010, David Cameron launched a national ‘measuring wellbeing’ programme undertaken by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) driven by public consultation. ONS now publishes regular wellbeing reports and data at a national and local level and has developed a measurement tool for wellbeing comprising 10 domains. A recent All Party Political Group has published a report on translating wellbeing evidence into policy.

Decisions about good public services are made on the basis of strong evidence and what works. The government has established a number of What Works Centres to enable evidence to better inform decision making and ESRC has invested heavily in these. ESRC is now embarking on a joint three year investment with Public Health England, Arts and Humanities Research Council and a number of government departments and other partners to further progress the understanding and application of wellbeing evidence.

Closing Date:  2/12/2014 at 16.00

 

British Academy

British Academy Conferences in 2016

The British Academy, the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences, is currently inviting outstanding proposals for our 2016 conference programme. This presents an exceptional opportunity for UK scholars who can demonstrate academic leadership and vision to run a landmark conference featuring leading-edge research as part of the Academy’s events programme. (Lists of recent British Academy Conferences). Any UK-based scholar is eligible to submit a proposal. If successful, you will be the academic convenor of the conference, and the British Academy’s staff will handle the administration of the conference, so that you can focus on ensuring the quality of the scholarship presented is of the highest possible calibre.

We are inviting proposals for conferences to be held in 2016. British Academy conferences:

  • are held at the British Academy’s premises at Carlton House Terrace (in central London close to Westminster and Piccadilly Circus, and easily accessible by train from each of London’s five airports)
  • are ideal for up to 135 participants
  • offer the opportunity to bring together a large number of academics from different subject areas
  • include the possibility that a themed volume of essays arising from the conference might be published in the Proceedings of the British Academy series
The deadline for the submission of proposals (including the references) is 27/2/2015.

 

Wellcome Trust

Research Fellowships

This scheme supports individuals at all stages of their career not in established academic posts, wishing to undertake a period of research. Strong preference is given to applicants with a good prospect of achieving an academic career as a specialist in medical humanities. The maximum duration is three years. The awards are full-time but can be tenable on a part-time basis if a case can be made that personal circumstances require this. Fellowships provide research expenses and a salary, plus appropriate employer’s contributions. Research expenses include travel to libraries and archives or overseas fieldwork, and a set amount for travel to conferences, seminars and other meetings of a scholarly nature.

Closing date for preliminary applications: 23/1/2015

Closing date for full applications: 2/4/2015

 

Wellcome Trust

Four-year PhD Programmes

The Wellcome Trust wishes to provide support for four-year Basic PhD Programmes in academic institutions in the UK and the Republic of Ireland (RoI). Wellcome Trust Four-year PhD Programmes were introduced in 1994 and are noted for the high-quality postgraduate training they provide.

The Trust hopes to continue to support the best graduates in leading academic research environments, where they will receive high-quality, specialised and innovative training that will ensure they can meet future challenges in their chosen field of biomedical or public health research. There are currently 28 recruiting PhD programmesbased at UK and RoI institutions.

Support for each PhD programme will be for a period of five years, with an annual intake of typically not more than five students, reflecting the availability of high-quality training opportunities within the programme.

Preliminary application deadline: 8/12/2014 at 5pm

Full application deadline: 27/4/2015 April 2015  at (5pm)

 

Wellcome Trust

Research Fellowships

This scheme is for individuals not yet in established academic posts, who wish to undertake a period of postdoctoral research. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of research on the social and ethical aspects of biomedicine and healthcare, Research Fellowships may provide postdoctoral researchers with support to enable them to obtain research training, either in a new discipline or in a new aspect of their own field, e.g. a humanities scholar who wishes to be trained in social science.

In such cases, the requested training must form a substantial component of the proposed research and should not normally be available via the standard funding routes, e.g. by learning new skills as a postdoctoral researcher on a project grant. The requested training should also include methodologies and skills that are new to the applicant. Research training provision can include participation in taught courses, and periods spent in other research groups gaining practical, technical or other skills for introduction to the sponsor’s or individual’s own group.

The maximum duration is three years. An award will not normally exceed £250 000, exclusive of any standard Wellcome Trust allowances. The awards are full-time but can, in exceptional circumstances, be tenable on a part-time basis if a case can be made that personal circumstances require this. Fellowships provide a salary, plus appropriate employer’s contributions.

Closing date for preliminary applications: 23/1/2015

Closing date for full applications: 2/4/2015

 

Chist-era

Call 2014 Announcement

CHIST-ERA is looking for transformative and highly multidisciplinary research projects in Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies (ICST). They should explore new ideas with potential for significant scientific and technical impacts in the long term. Each year, CHIST-ERA launches a call for research proposals in two new topics of emergent scientific importance. Between 2010 and 2013 the following topics were supported: Quantum Communication, Autonomic Systems, Knowledge Extraction, Low-power Computing, Intelligent User Interfaces, Adaptive Communication Networks, Adaptive Machines and Distributed Computing. In the Call 2014, two separate topics are addressed, namely:

  • Resilient Trustworthy Cyber-Physical Systems (RTCPS)
  • Human Language Understanding: Grounding Language Learning (HLU)
Closing Date: 13/1/2015

 

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You can set up your own personalised alerts on ResearchProfessional. If you need help setting these up, just ask your School’s RKE Officer in RKE Operations or see the recent post on this topic, which includes forthcoming training dates up to November 2014.

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Introducing Jason Edwards: Funding Development Officer for HSC

I am the Funding Development Officer for the school of Health and Social Care. My role involves supporting academic colleagues in applying for possible research money. I aim to assist academic colleagues with funder guidance, terms and conditions and with the financial aspects of the bidding process.

In my previous role, I was a Research Assistant/ Hourly Paid Lecturer in Criminology that allowed me to gain experience in writing bids to the Leverhulme Trust and ESRC. I recently have been published in the area of drug misuse with topics relating to mephedrone and violence, non-fatal overdose and the causal connection between drugs and crime.

I have a first class honours degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and I was awarded the Jordan Vincent Allen for the most outstanding student in Criminology from the University of Glamorgan.

Outside of work my interests are are mostly around sport. I used to play a lot of rugby but now I am more focused on squash, rock climbing, mountaineering and snowboarding. I also enjoy playing the guitar and have played in several rock bands.